Concussion injuries are severe and may cause serious complications. They are also fairly common consequences to head injuries, a condition that no one is immune to. In order to help prevent concussion injuries, or treat them after they occur, it is important for everyone to know a few key things about them. Please refer to our concussion FAQ below for useful information.
If you have already suffered a concussion, seek medical attention immediately. If you have done so and are resting, you should be considering whether or not you can file a lawsuit against the party that caused your concussion. Call 888.694.0174 to connect with Morris, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC. You can learn more about your legal options during a free initial consultation with our Dothan brain injury lawyers.
Frequently Asked Questions About Concussions
- Can I fall asleep if I have a concussion?
Most people believe that if you fall asleep with a concussion, it could be fatal. They are not necessarily wrong but this is not a guarantee. If you have a concussion but have kept most of your motor and cognitive abilities, you are probably safe to fall asleep. If someone with a concussion is in a stupor or has noticeable memory loss, they should not be allowed to sleep. You should always err on the side of caution and see a medical examiner first before sleeping after a head injury, even if you think it was minor.
- How long do concussion symptoms last?
The reason you can fall asleep with a concussion is because, in many cases, you must. Concussion symptoms can persist for five to seven days, on average, meaning at some point you will need to sleep despite the head injury. If the concussion was severe, the symptoms can last up to a month. Schedule regular checkups to ensure your condition is not worsening.
- What are concussion symptoms?
A mild concussion can cause dizziness, headaches, sensitivity to sound or bright lights, slurred speech, and trouble remembering things. A severe concussion can cause the victim to vomit, bleed from the ears or nose, experience amnesia, lose balance, and go into emotional mood swings. Emergency medical attention is required in the case of a severe concussion, and you should not delay in seeking help for a mild concussion either.
- What causes a concussion?
Any sort of head injury can cause a concussion but typically a sudden and violent blow to the head is the source. Concussive blasts caused by explosions may also cause a person to become concussed. Research indicated that a concussion is caused by the brain rocking against the inside wall of the skull.
- If I am not rendered unconscious from my head injury, could I still have a concussion?
Yes. Unconsciousness is usually only caused by a severe blow to the lower brain stem or the occipital lobe. Concussions often do not affect these portions of the brain due to their positioning in the skull, and, therefore, most people who have concussions are never actually knocked unconscious at the time.
- Are multiple concussions more dangerous than just one?
Damage caused by concussions is multiplicative, meaning each one will be worsened by the number of previous concussions a victim has experienced. In other words, having two concussions does not do twice the damage to your brain but four times or worse instead. Soldiers who are concussed by nearby explosions should be immediately withdrawn, and athletes who are concussed from physical contact should be immediately removed from the game.